Facebook launches Birthday Fundraisers feature, and it’s kind of genius

The Facebook birthday message has practically become an internet trope: A myriad of people you haven’t had a real conversation with in years will come out to type ‘hbd.’ But now Facebook is actually putting your sudden popularity spike to good use by introducing birthday fundraisers. No, it’s not so you can ask money to throw the biggest party ever; instead Facebook allows you to raise money for a non-profit. It’s kind of genius. Two weeks before your birthday, Facebook will ask if you want to dedicate your birthday to support a cause. You then pick from one of 750,000…This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Facebook by Napier Lopez #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

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Facebook launches Birthday Fundraisers feature, and it’s kind of genius

The Facebook birthday message has practically become an internet trope: A myriad of people you haven’t had a real conversation with in years will come out to type ‘hbd.’ But now Facebook is actually putting your sudden popularity spike to good use by introducing birthday fundraisers. No, it’s not so you can ask money to throw the biggest party ever; instead Facebook allows you to raise money for a non-profit. It’s kind of genius. Two weeks before your birthday, Facebook will ask if you want to dedicate your birthday to support a cause. You then pick from one of 750,000…This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Facebook by Napier Lopez #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2017/08/16/facebook-launches-birthday-fundraisers-feature-kind-genius/

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The weird saga of the “water bottle for Women in Tech” hoax

Yesterday, myself and several other technology journalists received an email from a public relations firm called Misty Mountain PR, touting the virtues of the Memobottle A7 for “women in tech.” The pitch was laughably bad, and in addition to being roundly mocked on Twitter, a couple of publications took the bite and wrote something about it — namely Gizmodo and TNW. It looks like we were trolled. The email, I’m bitterly ashamed to say, was a prank designed to trick reporters, and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. I screwed up. I hold my hands up, and I…This story continues at The Next Web by Matthew Hughes #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/08/16/weird-saga-water-bottle-women-tech-hoax/

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Using the smiley face emoji at work makes coworkers think you’re dumb 🙂

It has been scientifically proven that the more you smile the more people like you, but it turns out this this pattern might not necessarily translate all that well in the language of emoji. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam, the University of Haifa and the Ben-Gurion University in Israel have discovered that using smiley face emoticons in formal business communication could be causing your colleagues and customers to doubt your brains. “Our findings provide first-time evidence that, contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence,” Ben-Gurion’s post-doctorate fellow Dr. Ella…This story continues at The Next Web by Mix #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/08/15/smiley-face-emoji-unhappy-pissed/

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What it’s like to be a private investigator in the internet age

Today, the 1940s Hollywood version of the fedora-wearing, cigarette-smoking, down-on-his-luck private dick chasing down a femme fatale has gone the way of Blockbuster and other old-timey industries and professions. Same for the investigative work of Sherlock Holmes, the Hardy Boys and Magnum P.I. In fact, the lone-wolf private eye has more or less been replaced by corporate investigation services that are mostly concerned with running employee background checks. Nonetheless, people still cheat; people still fall off the grid; and people still want to find the one that got away. That’s typically when Jay Rosenzweig’s phone rings. A private investigator since 1982, JR (as he goes by) has seen the business change…This story continues at The Next Web by Andrew Fiouzi #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2017/08/15/what-its-like-to-be-a-private-investigator-in-the-internet-age/

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Warning: Two Dangerous Ransomware Are Back – Protect Your Computers

Ransomware has been around for a few years but has become an albatross around everyone’s neck—from big businesses and financial institutions to hospitals and individuals worldwide—with cyber criminals making millions of dollars. In just past few months, we saw a scary strain of ransomware attacks including WannaCry, Petya and LeakerLocker, which made chaos worldwide by shutting down hospitals noreply@blogger.com (Swati Khandelwal) #HackerNews #News #Security #Internet

http://thehackernews.com/2017/08/locky-mamba-ransomware.html

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